Robert B. Livingston
March 17, 2005
Conversation with a Pragmatic Humanist, Sidney Hook Part 2
This is second of a two part conversation between Rutgers University's Richard Heffner and New York University professor, activist, and philosopher Sidney Hook following the publication of his autobiography, Out of Step.
The conversation begins on the subject of euthanasia and how Hook seriously explored the idea after his own life became extremely painful.
To Hook's irritation, Heffner presses him to admit his mistake in light that he had recovered, but Hook stubbornly adheres to the need for people to have humane choices available to them when probabilities of negative outcomes far outweigh the chance of "miracles".
In a politely non-specifying way the conversation continues on to exploring Hook's personal zealousness and quarrels with other thinkers of his day.
The conversation shifts to discussion of the relationship between idealism and communism and the impact of the individual on world events.
Hook describes his "shocking discovery" that many of his colleaugues in the 1960s were hypocrites and lacked moral courage.
At that point the conversation ends abruptly.
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